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Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47 (13.)
(Schönbrunn Park)

Kaiser Franz I. Stephan von Lothringen

Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor

(Nancy 1708 - Innsbruck 1765)
Holy Roman Emperor and Grand Duke of Tuscany, though his wife Maria Theresa effectively executed the real powers of those positions
(Wikipedia)

1766

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Description

Bronze bust on a triangular, obelisk-like pedestal with masks and garlands, above the pedestal cornices are three bronze eagle with the imperial insignia: fasces, sceptre and orb.

Wien - Kaiser Franz I. Stephan von Lothringen
Eagle with sceptre

Wien - Kaiser Franz I. Stephan von Lothringen
Eagle with orb and fasces

Wien - Kaiser Franz I. Stephan von Lothringen
Eagle with orb

One year after the sudden death of Franz Stephan in 1765, Maria Theresa commissioned this bronze bust of her husband. The bust was intended fort he remodelling oft he Menagerie Pavilion as a memorial monument. In 1830, for reasons that have not been recorded, the bust was moved to the present site.

Inscription(s)

viridarium quod
franciscus rom: imp: p: f: augustus
floribus fructibus arboribus et plantis rarioribus
colendis instituit.
MARIA THERESIA ROM. IMP. P: F: AUGUSTA
memoriae et posteritati
sacrum voluit mdcclxv

The garden founded by
Roman Emperor Francis
to grew rare fruit, trees, flowers and plants
devoted
EMPRESS MARIA THERESIA
to his memory and posterity
in 1765

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Location (N 48°11'2" - E 16°18'7")

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